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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...1/4/24


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 01/04/2024

Rock On! This Week"Thanks for inviting me to chat, it's getting late here in the UK and I get up really early to do yoga these days," laughed a very jovial Malcolm Bruce as he discussed the recent December 2023 release of "Heavenly Cream: An Acoustic Tribute to Cream," its all-star cast of players, feelings on today's music, his famous father Jack and more. 

There are tribute albums, tribute bands and tributes to artists both onstage and off but when you are the son of one of the most influential bassists of all time and have an endless pool of talent to swim in; you choose how you jump in wisely. 

Malcolm Bruce, the son of legendary Cream bassist Jack Bruce grew up around Rock 'N' Roll royalty but it wasn't until one of his father's co-writers and a great musician himself approached him that the pieces for this delicately manufactured work of art began to take shape. 

"Heavenly Cream" was really Pete Brown's idea," he began with enthusiasm. "Pete Brown being the lyricist and collaborator with my dad on many of the Cream songs and also on a lot of his solo stuff. Pete passed away in May of 2023 but he was really the instigator of the whole thing in collaboration with Quarto Valley Records; he sort of put the whole thing together initially and then he came to me. He asked me to get involved and Rob Cass the producer and Mark Waters who shot a documentary that is out at the same time as the album; so really, Pete Brown was the initiator and then the rest of us kind of joined with him to put it together."

So, the idea was presented to Malcolm but Brown seemingly had already done a lot of the not so heavy lifting to assemble the cast of incredible talent who readily agreed to be part of the project. Luminaries such as Joe Bonamasa, Paul Rodgers, Bobby Rush, Peter Bullick, Deborah Bonham, Tony Remy and of course Malcolm himself along with a multitude of others eagerly lined up to take part.



 
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"I think maybe "Heavenly Cream" is a little bit of, hey here's me back trying to do something with people again," he said with a laugh. "These kinds of things sort of come together kind of organically I guess; you start reaching out to people and then you see who, if you've got friends; Bernie Marsden for instance was a long time collaborator with Rob Cass the producer so that was really easy for us to just drop him a line and see if he wanted to get involved and Bernie had also played on my dad's final record, "Silver Rails." So, Bernie immediately agreed and Bernie's friendship with Joe Bonamasa really helped us secure Joe, although I think because we suggested Joe play with Ginger Baker; I think that helped as well because Joe had played with Eric and my dad and so, I think that playing with Ginger completed the circle for Joe in some strange way I think because Cream is one of the bands that obviously influenced him and me, us and everyone. So, yeah, I think a lot of it was friendship, a lot of it were just people that we thought made sense for the project; Pete himself really wanted Bobby to do it so he reached out to Bobby. Obviously, that was amazing that Bobby did it; he flew over and came to Abbey Road on the day and did a couple of songs and was incredible and inspiring and sort of led the way on that session which was very cool. I think, ultimately, it just sort of falls together; you ask people and the people who are really into it agree and the rest say, "I'm sorry, I'm having my nails done (laughs). It's a funny thing; isn't it? I'm sure you have spoken with other kids of that kind of generation of musicians or whoever; there are a few of us around. It is a strange phenomena, it's like, there is a humility in it as well because if we are artists we are kind of overshadowed by that stuff while we are trying to find our own way in that whole process but it has always been an honor to do stuff with my dad or stuff that is associated or in tribute to him along with me continuing to establish myself in terms of my own artistry and as my own person; whatever that amounts to but yeah, I guess the Bruce name has some meaning to people who understand the tradition and value of what my dad brought to the table. I don't know, I suppose if I play the bass, I can sound a little bit like him, I don't know (laughs)."

"I think Pete Brown asked Eric Clapton and he passed but before Pete passed away we cut Pete's solo record which is called, "Shadow Club" and that's coming out this year with Richard Bailey on drums, me on bass and Eric is guesting on that record," continued Brue. "So, I think maybe Eric decided that he didn't want to play on a Cream record but he was happy to play on Pete's record because it was original new songs. So, that's something to look forward to, it's a really lovely record. Pete passed away before it was mixed but he was there during the sessions and I know he was proud of what we achieved together on that record; Eric being on it, Joe Bonamasa is on it I believe and maybe even Bobby Rush as well. That's a whole other thing called "The Shadow Club" that will be out this year. So, yeah, for whatever reason, Eric didn't play on this record but he probably was asked by Pete I imagine."

With an obvious attachment to his father's legacy, memory and a rich musical history, when asked whether he was overcome with memories or emotions during the project; Bruce didn't hesitate to respond in the slightest. 

"Yeah! Absolutely," he said emphatically. "I guess in some ways, I've always known but I still feel really proud to have been involved with this record and I'm proud of my dad. The more distance there is; I mean, my dad passed away 10 years ago this year so there is more distance. I have more and more pride and respect him more for what he achieved with his songwriting and his musicality and ability. So, yeah, it was really nice, me and Joe Bonamasa were standing in the control room in Abbey Road, in The Beatles studio where we recorded with Joe and Ginger and we were listening back to a take of Ginger's drums; we were isolating the drums with the engineer. It was just beautiful listening to just Ginger and the whole history was there, it's hard to describe. I suppose it's even like going, wow man, listen to how he plays his hi-hat and how that hi-hat is not in time in the way most drummers would play it. There is this looseness in the phrasing that is just so unique. It's like this amalgamation of a lifetime of experiences; not a technical thing, it's a feel thing, it's a human; it's a Ginger thing (laughs). So, those kinds of layers of meaning and subjective things that you pick up on and the uniqueness of those three guys and what they achieved within that music; it was so organic and forever growing. I think that's one of the realizations that I continue to gain an understanding of within this music; that it's alive. That's the uniqueness of Cream, it's constantly evolving or can be. I think it was for my dad and Ginger and Eric I would imagine too; it was kind of this alive organism or at least that is how I kind of imagine it. I'm always proud of any connection that I have with it and just having all of these incredible people on this record validated it. You have Paul Rodgers singing "Born Under A Bad Sign" but he's not singing it like my dad, he's singing it like Paul; or like Deborah Bonham, she is such a great artist so when she comes and interprets one of those songs, it breathes fresh life into it and it shines a light on it; it's not the same every time, it is something completely new and I think, in our own small way, that is what this record hopefully represents and that is the potential in this music; to be something new." 

Ah but the music of Cream was created decades ago before the new technologies of today and no matter how you "Splice" it, the creativity and raw talents of the day was what separated many of the greats from the one hit wonders. When asked his thoughts on yesterday and today; Bruce once again did not hesitate to voice an opinion. 

"I'm not sure we can blame technology, it's still the humans," he led off with confidence. "Technology is an amazing thing but it is how we use it that's the problem I think. Just because we can alter something, doesn't mean we should but there might be instances where it's a useful tool but that's the thing; isn't it? It's just a tool and we don't want to allow the tools to take over; Artificial Intelligence is probably useful but we don't want it to take over the creative process. Feel is everything and feel is a human concept. I suppose machines can mimic it to some degree but that's not the thing. Yes, successive generations may not understand the potential within music like where it shifts and changes; there are great Hip-Hop and Rap artists that have incredible sense of phrasing so, it's not a drummer that's spent decades becoming a great artist anymore, maybe it's somebody using their voice in a poly-rhythmic way across a beat. Art does evolve in that sense but whether it's evolving to a better place, I'm not so sure. The skill sets that great artists have; in all humility, I'm practicing three or four instruments every day and practicing scales, learning Classical repertoire, studying Jazz and the Blues and all kinds of music but I think things have been straightened out a little bit. Even in jazz music, you hear jazz music and think, wow, that's incredible but it's completely predictable. I'm always attracted to the unpredictable in writing and composition or performance and I think that's the problem; it's not genre specific. You can talk about the blues and there are so many blues artists and it's yeah, that's really good but you're not saying anything that hasn't been said before and probably better by a great artist, you're just repeating and you hear that in hard rock and metal as well. You hear all of these incredible; drummers especially, like the guys who can play that kick drum stuff they do and it's like, wow! That's incredible but is that music? When I first met Kofi Baker and we started playing together when we were teenagers, he was doing everything on one kick drum and then he got two and it sort of detracted because the skill of him being able to do all of that stuff with one kick drum was just ridiculous and then suddenly he has got two drums and it wasn't quite the same. So, I think that simplicity of working with stuff in that particular way can get lost but going back to what I was saying about listening to Ginger and how he was playing; it's not a technical thing, it's where he places the notes within the phrase or outside playing. You've got a meter but you're not playing 1,2,3,4 in the meter, you are kind of moving around it but you can still feel the meter because it's implicit, it's stated implicitly within the musical expression but not stated specifically. That's great art to me and I think Cream's music has all that potential in it whether it's the bass playing, the singing, the guitar playing, the drumming or the actual songwriting; there is so much potential to take it in all directions and it's not fixed. I think that's the exciting thing about it, it's malleable  to human intention so, there you go, that's one way of looking at it." 

"Heavenly Cream: An Acoustic Tribute to Cream" can be found by going to https://quartovalleyrecords.com/ and "The Cream Acoustic Sessions" documentary which Bruce calls, "A fly on the wall view" can be found at https://sunnstream.vhx.tv/cream-acoustic. To discover more about Malcolm Bruce, please visit https://www.malcolmbrucemusic.com/.



 
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That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!



This week's event listings


Allentown Borough
Main Street Allentown
Thurs. 11:45 a.m. Kids! Family Storytime (Takes place at the library located at 16 South Main Street) 
Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Diane Chiorello
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch w/ Jerry Monk (5 p.m.) Ed Wall 
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Brunch
Mon. 5 p.m. Joe Hutchinson
Tues. 7 p.m. Mike & Laura
Wed. 7 p.m. John & Ty
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia  
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Sat. (3 p.m.) Gallery Opening of Waiting to Detonate: Andrew Chalfen, Katelyn Liepins, Ida Ochoteco. (4 p.m.) Fiesta del Dia de Los Reyes Magos: A Three Kings Day Flamenco Celebration
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 6 p.m. SoulShine
Sat. 7 p.m. Drum & Tantrum
Sun. 3 p.m. Dueling Pianos
Wed. 6 p.m. Cara Cartney
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Tues. 8 p.m. / Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Burn
Ages 21+
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri. 7 p.m. "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20
Sat. 12 p.m. Bordentown Walking Tours. $20 
Bowman's Tavern 
1600 River Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2972
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan 
Sun. (12 p.m.) Bill Avayou (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Mike Estabrook
Sat. 1 p.m. School of Rock Princeton  
Bucks On Bridge
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Poetry Night
Sun. 3 p.m. Songwriter's Showcase Hosted by JB Kline feat. Songbird, Underlined Passages, Charybdis, Renee Maskin, Loose Panic Slow Noche. $10
Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night
Wed. 6 p.m. Trivia
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sat. 3 p.m. Rob Henderson HFactor. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Sean Morton. $26.50, Doors open at 7 p.m.
Cazz's Sports Bar 'N' Grille
1560 Haines Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 580-5469 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul
Cherry Valley Country Club
125 Country Club Drive Skillman
(609) 466-4244
Fri. 6 p.m. Radio Fiction Duo
Club Atlantis
1858 Street Road Bensalem, PA 
(215) 944-1777 
Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Robbie Tronco 
All Events Ages 21+ and Dress to Impress
Clubhouse at Mountain View (The Patio)
850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing 
(609) 538-0808
Thurs. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Joe Zook & Billy Holt 
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Cosmic Jerry Band (10 p.m.) Club Night feat. Rotating DJs
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour (7 p.m.) No Way Out / DJ Jonny Rossi
Sun. (10 a.m.) Sunday "Jazz" Brunch w/ Victor Tarassov. $22.95 (Includes 2 Mimosas) $34.95 (Adults, kids ages 6-12 $14.95, kids under age 5 FREE)  
Wed. (7 p.m.) Blues and BBQ Jam (8 p.m.) Wednesday Night Fever Hustle Dance Party  
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500  
Sat. 2 p.m. Jim Nelsen
Sun. 2 p.m. Kim & Chuck Duo
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Mon. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo
Dacey's Pub 
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-4838
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic Music Night 
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo                                                                                                                                                        
Dadz Bar and Grill 
744 Main Street Lumberton
(609)267-4344
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Jimmy Mannix
Fri. 8 p.m. Rob McMahon
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Linda
Wed. 7 p.m. Loose Bandits
Dharma Bums 
4935 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 663-2867
Thurs. 8 p.m. John Thomas 
Fri. 8 p.m. Dtown Outliers. $10 (advance)
Sat. 8 p.m. Bob Stirner & Friends. $15 (advance)
Wed. 7 p.m. DBums' Hootenanny and Open Mic of Music Poetry and Spoken Word Hosted by Michael Henry Robert 
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Stage Left
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Supertrain
Mon. 5:30 p.m. "Family Fun Night" w/ Amazing Balloon Creations by Kelsi-Joe
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA 
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Sat. 9 p.m. 44 Fridays
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe
(732) 521-0700
Thurs. 5 p.m. Book Club 
Fri. 5:30 p.m. "First Friday" w/ NRG Acoustic Duo
Tues. 6 p.m. Music Bingo
Founding Father's Sports Bar & Grill 
2900 Street Road Bensalem, PA 
(215) 923-1100
Fri. 6 p.m. Bob Pantano Dance Party w/ DJ Joe Castro
Friendly's 
1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville 
(609) 426-9203 
Wed. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Kevin McGowan and/or Gino Formaroli (Sign-ups begin at 5:30 p.m.)
Gleason's Bar
6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-4781 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo / “Ladies Night” Hosted by Best Choice Productions 
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) The Last Three & Me
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice Productions
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade Prestridge
Halo Pub
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square 
(609) 586-1811  
Sat. 7 p.m. Carmen Marranco 
Hamilton Tap & Grill
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton 
(609) 905-0925
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ Nebbs
Sat. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
(215) 862-9897
Thurs. 7 p.m. Funk & Blues Jam Hosted by The Slidewinder Blues Band
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Dance Party w/ Iron Mike
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Dance Party w/ Iron Mike
Sun. (1 p.m.) Midnight Sun Orchestra (6:30 p.m.) JB Kline Band
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5 p.m.) Chris of Midnight Masqueraders
Sat. 5 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Living The Dream
Sun. 2:30 p.m. Jon Zayle
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267) 914-4517
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ John W. 
Sat. 9 p.m. Jeds Gold
Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Laura Fiocco
Il Portico Restorante Italiano 
273 West Route 130 South Burlington
(609) 239-1000 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Jazz Night
Fri. / Sat. 7 p.m. Live Music w/ Tony O
Irish Rover Station House 
1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA 
(215) 970-5412 
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Night
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Melisa Ann
Sat. 6:30 p.m. John Rossi
Sun. 2 p.m. AudioPilot
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Double G Acoustic Duo   
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Sat. 9 p.m. Black Cat Habitat, The Jettys. 
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night w/ Mike Dialto feat. (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) 
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Radio Fiction
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ BayNice
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (5:30 p.m.) Mark Sacco (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G
Sun. 10 a.m. "Sunday Funday" Brunch 
Mon. 5 p.m. Kid's Night
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
La Cena Ristorante
2233 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-9969
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Plush & Friends 
Library Company of Burlington
23 West Union Street Burlington
(609) 3861273
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
Life Central Hair Studio
728 Estates Boulevard Hamilton
(609) 586-8886
Wed. 7 p.m. Messages From Spirit w/ Nicole Angel. (Reservations Required)
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff
Logan Inn 
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2300
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Aaron Quarterman
Magikava
87a South Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2739 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Astrology Readings by Riss Cottrill 
Mon. 6 p.m. Magik "Art Mondays" 
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night  
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 9 p.m. The Groove Dudes
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night 
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600
Fri. 10 p.m. "Punk Night" feat. Vicious Cycle, Indeyevid, Disoviet. $10, doors open at 9 p.m., ages 21+
Wed. 9:30 p.m. All Acoustic Night feat. Jimmy-N-Johnny, Space Jaim, Mikeys Machine, Dim. 
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri.  8 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 7 p.m. Joe & Krista 
Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch   
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
New Egypt Flea Market Village 
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 758-2082
Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market 
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331
Fri. 5 p.m. Just Jeff  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m.  Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Aaron Quarterman
Sat. 6 p.m. Two For Flinching
Wed. 4 p.m. Open Mic Night
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA 
(215) 637-515
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. (6 p.m.) Mike McCullough (9 p.m.) LeCompt
Sat. 9 p.m. Fat Mezz
Sun. 4 p.m. Nothing 2 Prove
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
NJWeedman's Dispensary
322 East State Street Trenton
(609) 437-0898
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Nomad Distilling Company
20 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Nottingham Tavern 
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-6623
Thur. (7 p.m.) Rock On Radio Happy Hour Hosted by Danny Coleman w/ Music by Mikey O'Grady (9:30 pm.) Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Asylum Choir
Ages 21+   
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 
200 State Road Croydon, PA 
(215) 785-6998 
Mon. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Hosted by Best Choice Productions w/ DJ John S 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo  
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction   
Pasquale's Sports Bar 
9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 202-6268 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Beer Pong
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Patriots Crossing 
1339 River Road Titusville 
(609) 737-2780
Thurs. 8 p.m. Ladies Night  
Sat. 8 p.m. Grape Street
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Princeton Battlefield
500 Mercer Street Princeton
Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Battle of Princeton Re-enactment
Princeton Country Club
1-Wheeler Way West Windsor
(609) 452-9382 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Karaoke Night w/ Live DJ
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour 
Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch
Princeton Elks Lodge #2129 
354 Route 518 Blawenburg 
(609) 466-4945
Tues. 7 p.m. Country Line Dancing
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Thurs. 6 p.m. Bad Hombres Duo  
Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 890-2004 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White
Sat. 11 a.m. Brunch
Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Saint Mark United Methodist Church  
465 Paxson Avenue Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-1286
Fri. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Bill Wieszczek
Sandy's Beef & Ale
2028 E. Old Lincoln Highway Langhorne, PA
(2670 852-2333
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzo  
Mon. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Second Sin Brewing Company
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, P
(267) 812-5251
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Sat. 8 p.m. EarCandy Trio
Mon. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Cecil 
Wed. 6 p.m. Karaoke Contest
Small World Coffee 
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-4377 x2 
Sat. 7 p.m. The Cold Soil Drifters
Sparky World-Famous Beer Garden
4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 943-2321 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dana
Sun. 9 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Cara Cartney
Mon. 9 p.m. Game Night Hosted by Kid Dalton 
Tues. 7 p.m. Johnny Betz 
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Sat. 10:30 p.m. LeCompt
Tankard Lounge 
3 Keim Boulevard Burlington
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by The Williamsboy (Sign Ups start at 7 p.m.)
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Billy Walton & Destinee Monroe  
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. Aftermath
Sat. 8 p.m. Charles Laurita & The Mischief
Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia 
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
 
Temperance House
5 South State Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8050
Thurs. 7 p.m. Steve Guyger and Filthy Rich 
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Neville Esquire
Tues. 7 p.m. Beginner Line Dance Lessons w/ Jeremy Line Dance. $40/4 Weeks 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney  
Terhune Orchards  
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
(609) 924-2310 
Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Mark Miklos
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Bud Belviso 
TGI Fridays 
780 Route 130 South Hamilton
(609) 581-6910 
Sun. 9 p.m. Trivia Game Night / SIN Sundays
TGI Fridays
2703 Mount Holly Road Suite 3 Washington Twp.
(609) 239-486 
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Trivia  
TGI Fridays
3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton
(609) 520-0378
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia Night 
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts
7 North Main Street Lambertville
(215) 681-4660
Tues. 7:30 p.m. NJNO the "not just nyckelharpa orchestra" Community Orchestra  
The Buck Hotel 
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA 
(215) 396-2002 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kirko
Fri. 8 p.m. Love Junk 
Sat. (11 a.m.) Brunch (9 p.m.) The Heartbeats
Tues. 7 p.m. Danny Lynch Duo
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis
Sat. 9 p.m. Groove Pocket
The Cub Room
400 West Bridge Street New Hope, PA
(215) 760-0609
Sun. 4 p.m. Stranger Things
The Cure Insurance Center  
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton  
(609) 656-3200  
Fri. 6 p.m. PAW Patrol Live! "The Great Pirate Adventure"
Sat. 10 a.m./2 p.m. PAW Patrol Live! "The Great Pirate Adventure"
Sun. 11 a.m./3 p.m. PAW Patrol Live! "The Great Pirate Adventure"  
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. JB Rocks
Sat. 7 p.m. Gerry Timlin
Sun. 2 p.m. Gerry Timlin
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 547-5525
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam 
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Trey Brown
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Iron Mike
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ NSoto
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv 
Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Trey Brown 
The Morrisville Tavern 
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 8 p.m. Blue Flame Six
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Never Enough
Mon. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night  
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Thurs. 3 p.m./7:30 p.m. "Spaceballs" $15
Fri. 3 p.m./8 p.m. Tribute to The King w/ "Matthew Boyce and the Suspicious Minds Band" $34
Wed. 3 p.m. The Crooners: From Nat King Cole to Michael Buble. $29
The Penguin Rocks (24 Hour On-Demand Music/Radio)
www.thepenguinrocks.com 
Mon. -  Fri. "Radio Jersey" Hosted by Lee Mrowicki 
Sun. - Sat. "Classic Jersey" Hosted by Gary Wien
Sun. - Sat. "Beyond The Palace" Hosted by Lee Mrowicki 
Sun. - Sat. "Danny Coleman's Rock On Radio" feat. Stephen DiJoseph
Sun. - Sat. "From The Basement" Hosted by Mike Marrone
Sun. - Sat. "Deuce Radio" Hosted by Matt Barker
Sun. - Sat. "Altrok Radio" Hosted by Sean Carolan
Sun. - Sat. "Lighty's Corner" Hosted by Gary Wien 
Sun. - Sat. "The Troubador Show" Hosted by John Godfrey
The Roost
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. DC Duo 
Fri. 8 p.m. Diablo Sandwich Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. The Danny Lunch Projct
Sat. 8 p.m. Brian Elliot Duo
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Wed. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel 
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
Sun. 2 p.m. Chris Giakas & Galavant. 
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 8 p.m. Joshua Holland
Sat. 8 p.m. Redbird
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 526-8651 
Sun. 8 p.m. Stand Up Comedy Presented by Boston Comedy Club
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. The Williamsboy
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" 
All Shows 21+
Tracey's Kitchen 
241 East Front Street Trenton 
(609) 337-9098
Wed. 6 p.m. Eat Local Meet Up
Trenton Free Public Library
120 Academy Street Trenton
(609) 392-7188
Fri. 5 p.m. "First Friday"
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday
Sat. 9 p.m. Live Music (TBA)
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets
Triple Sun Spirits
126 South State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 944-3057  
Fri. 8 p.m. Diane & PK
Union Coffee
49 North Union Street Lambertville 
(609) 460-4637
Fri. 5 p.m. "First Friday" Tarot Meet-Up w/ Kristina Gorman
VANEFRANCODANCE
23 Hankins Road Hightstown
(609) 635-3572
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Beginner Bachata (8 p.m.) Beginner Salsa. $18 
Fri. (7 p.m.) Advanced Bachata (8 p.m.) Advanced Salsa. $18
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA 
(267) 573-4291
Fri. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot Band
Sat. 7 p.m. John Sheridan Trio
Mon. 7 p.m. Chaturanga & Cheers w/ Renee Mahoney
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. Vinny Rugnetta
Sat. 1 p.m. Kevin McGowan
Sun. 1 p.m. Patty Blee
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
 


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